Denver Arts & Venues announced the completion of three new public art projects in the city Thursday.
The first piece, titled “Leaf,” is a steel sculpture housed in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Freyer-Newan Center.
On each of its 251 cells, artists Jason Kilmoski and Lesley Chang designed a silhouette of a Colorado native plant specimen, along with the identification number.
“Each specimen is a snapshot in time, capturing the biodiversity of a particular place and creating a permanent record of the past that serves as a resource to help protect our future,” Denver Arts & Venues said.
The second piece, titled “Bows,” is at Cranmer Park.
Artist Patrick Marold used stone and steel “to create arching lines of light and space, complementing and enhancing how the public sees and engages with the landscape,” Denver Arts & Venues said.
It is located on the eastern edge of the park.
“Community Nature Dance,” the third piece, is a stainless-steel sculpture featuring mariachi, flamenco and butterfly elements in Westwood Park.
In a collaboration with Denver Arts & Venues, the Trust for Public Land and the Gates Family Foundation, Lisa Cameron Russell’s artwork “reflects and celebrates the diversity and culture of the Westwood community,” Denver Arts & Venues said.
All three projects were started before the pandemic and about 60 more art pieces are underway, according to Denver Arts & Venues.
Under the Denver Public Art ordinance, 1% of all City and County of Denver capital improvement projects are dedicated to the creation of public art.